In recent years, there have been several reasons contributing to both the rise and fall of numbers in youth and amateur sports. This issue can be pinpointed to one thing: accessibility. Accessibility is becoming harder to manage in the age of social media and rising costs, but what can we do to change that?
This spring, I followed two athletes before their seasons began and after they ended. The results were astounding since both athletes had the same reasons for feeling the way they do towards their respective sports.
In Mississippi, softball umpire Kristi Moore was allegedly punched by a woman wearing a mother of the year shirt. During a Little League game in Texas, an umpire was shoved to the ground by a coach. In Georgia, a basketball ref was attacked by players and required 30 stitches. And on Easter Sunday in Colorado, a ref was assaulted and video of the incident was posted to TikTok.
If a certificate of participation is going to keep a child in said sport, why is there such a big problem surrounding “trophies for all?”
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Katie Meyer, the goalkeeper for the Stanford Women's Cardinal Soccer Team, tragically passed away last week. In honor of Meyer and National Women's Day, let's take a look at some of her achievements as an athlete.
Over 60 million people participate in a sport each year in the United States. 35 of those 60 million are youth and amateur athletes. Seventy-five percent of those athletes are verbally abused. Translated, that means 27 million children under the age of 13 each year are being yelled at by an adult coach. To put it further, over 45 percent of all female athletes battle an eating disorder, and 30 collegiate athletes have died in the last 20 years due to heat stroke complications. These numbers should not exist; we should be doing more as an industry to help protect these athletes.
Supply chain issues are a hot topic worldwide as of late, but when will the commotion end? Since items that normally take one week to arrive are now taking up to three months, how will this new situation impact the sports industry and trade shows?
To begin, let’s look at why these issues are occurring across America.
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